Sierra Leone ranks as 9-5 favorite in 2024 Belmont Stakes

June 3rd, 2024

Sierra Leone has been installed as the 9-5 favorite over Kentucky Derby (G1) hero Mystik Dan and Preakness (G1) victor Seize the Grey in Saturday's Belmont (G1). 

The third jewel of the Triple Crown is staged over 1 1/4 miles at Saratoga this year, since Belmont Park is being redeveloped. 

Trained by Chad Brown, Sierra Leone missed by a nose to Mystik Dan in the Derby. The deep closer, who previously won the Blue Grass (G1) and Risen Star (G2), has been freshened ahead of the Belmont. He also gets a rider switch to Flavien Prat.

Mystik Dan came right back to place second in the Preakness to Seize the Grey. Aside from Sierra Leone, three other Derby veterans return in the Belmont: sixth-placer Resilience, eighth Honor Marie, and 10th Dornoch

Todd Pletcher has three of the four new shooters, including unbeaten Mindframe making his stakes debut and Peter Pan (G3) scorer Antiquarian.

Here is the complete field with post positions and morning line odds for the 2024 Belmont Stakes:

PostHorseTrainerJockeyML Odds
1Seize the GreyD. Wayne LukasJaime Torres8-1
2ResilienceBill MottJunior Alvarado10-1
3Mystik DanKenny McPeekBrian Hernandez Jr.5-1
4The Wine StewardMike MakerManny Franco15-1
5AntiquarianTodd PletcherJohn Velazquez12-1
6DornochDanny GarganLuis Saez15-1
7ProtectiveTodd PletcherTyler Gaffalione20-1
8Honor MarieWhit BeckmanFlorent Geroux12-1
9Sierra LeoneChad BrownFlavien Prat9-5
10MindframeTodd PletcherIrad Ortiz Jr.7-2